Commentary & Analysis by L. A. Marzulli
Isaiah 17: Damascus will become a ruinous heap…
The Syrian Army, faced with low morale, internal divisions and rapidly decreasing popularity, is facing its most serious challenges since the start of the four-year long Syrian Civil War that has claimed the lives of more 200,000 people.
The Isaiah 17, prophecy has never been fulfilled. In fact, it has been collecting dust for hundreds of years as Damascus is the oldest inhabited city on the planet.
With the advent of the Arab Spring, starting in 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring the Middle East saw the toppling of the governments of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. The unrest exploded in Syria and so far the president of Syria, Bashar al Assad, has withstood almost 5 years of a very bloody civil war.
With the race riots in Baltimore consuming most Americans attention, the situation in Syria is not on the radar of most of us, however, the tenuousness of the civil war, has not lapsed. I’d be willing to bet most Americans could not locate Syria on a map and even more Americans could care less about what happens thousands of miles away in a country they most likely will never visit.
When we read the prophecy of Isaiah 17, which informs us that at some point Damascus will be destroyed, we can envision bombs going off, or even a tactical nuclear weapon. However, as we look at the pictures above, [go to Link at bottom to see photos] it would seem Damascus is being destroyed brick by brick.
Who would have imagined the savior of the world being born in a stable? Who could have imagined the crucifixion? Who could have foretold how The Most High God would bless Abraham and Sarah when they were far beyond the years of childbearing? Who could have seen the ingathering of the Jews from all over the world, after the devastation of the Holocaust, which would result in the birth of Israel…. fulfilling ancient prophecies.
In closing todays post: We see through a glass darkly. In other words we know from the prophetic literature that Damascus will be destroyed, but the text isn’t clear on how this will be accomplished. Are we seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy happening in front of us now? At this point in time, I’m beginning to wonder, as there seems to be no let-up in the bloody civil war that has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people. Certain sections of Damascus are, a ruinous heap.
One thing I know for sure: What was written will come to pass. What was foretold will unfold!